Hiking The Erie Canal Trail

The 31st most popular hiking trail in New York.

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The Erie Canal Heritage Trail (aka Canalway Trail) is a 220 mile hiking route from Lockport to Fairport. The gravel trail follows old canal towpaths and abandoned railway corridors.

Directions to trailhead in Lockport: Heading east from downtown on Route 31, turn North onto Cold Springs Road. Cross a bridge and turn right onto North Canal Road to parking area.

The hiking trail also is accessible in Batavia, Fairport, Palmyra.

Overall, Erie Canal Trail is the 31st most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in New York. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Erie Canal Trail including Eastside Overland Trail, Bond Lake Park and Gorge Trail.

Erie Canal Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  DEC (518) 436-3034; NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New York" from Rhonda Ostertag

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Reference Source:  click here http://www.dec.ny.gov/

GPS:  43.1865, -78.6661

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  8/21/2016

ID:  14485

Erie Canal Trail Hiking Map


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